Shortlist announced for ME Architect Awards

The shortlist for the fourth annual Middle East Architect Awards, recognising the best projects and individuals throughout the MENA region, has been revealed.

A team of seven judges, comprising local architects and engineers, was tasked with whittling down the 120 entries to a shortlist of 65.

The winners will be lauded at a glamorous awards ceremony at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on Wednesday 14th September 2011.

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Architect of the Year
Alaa Mandour, KMA
George Efstathiou, SOM
Keith Gavin, GAJ
Raya Ani, dwp
Sandra Woodall, Tangram Architects & Designers

Boutique Architecture Firm of the Year
Drawlink Group

Commercial Project of the Year
Al Manara Project, Dubai – TNQ Architects & Engineers
KAFD, Saudi Arabia – Henning Larsen Architects
Muqarnas Tower, Saudi Arabia – SOM
Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi  – Goettsch Partners
TRA Headquarters, Dubai  – HDR

Engineer of the Year
Andrea Scotti, Buro Happold
David Murray, WSP Middle East
Khaled Zaghloul, RW Armstrong

Engineering Company  of the Year
Buro Happold
Hyder Consulting
WSP Middle East

Hospitality & Leisure Project of the Year
Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club – RW Armstrong
Burj Rafal Kempinski, Saudi Arabia – P&T Architects
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – Benoy
One & Only The Palm, Dubai – DSA
Tozeur Resort, Tunisia – GAJ

Large Architecture Firm of the Year
NORR Group
RW Armstrong
Woods Bagot

Middle East Building Information Modelling Award

Overall Project of the Year (completed projects)
Al Manara Project – TNQ Architects & Engineers
Al Shaqab, Qatar – Leigh & Orange Qatar
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – Benoy
Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi – RW Armstrong
Rolex Tower, Dubai – SOM

Principal of the Year
Brian Johnson, GAJ
Hamdi Mahmoud, Tangram Architects & Designers
Mona Salem, RW Armstrong

Public Sector & Institutional Project of the Year

Celebration Hall, Saudi Arabia – GAJ
Institute of Diplomatic Studies, Saudi Arabia – Henning Larsen Architects
Museum of the Built Environment, Saudi Arabia – FXFOWLE Architects
King Abdullah World Charity Foundation, Saudi Arabia – Saudi Diyar Consultants
Revitalisation of Old Souq, Dubai – Dubai Municipality

Residential Project of the Year
Aino Mina, Afghanistan – Aedas
Meysan Residences, Abu Dhabi – dwp
Saraya Bandar Jissah, Oman – GAJ
Staff housing, Dubai – DXB Lab Architecture
Vertical Medina, Saudi Arabia – SOM

Sustainable Design of the Year
Aino Mina, Afghanistan – Aedas
DuBiotech Research Lab, Dubai – HDR
Renaissance Tower, Turkey – FXFOWLE
Mirdif City Centre, Dubai – Hyder Consulting
Masdar Institute of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi – RW Armstrong

Young Architect of the Year
Fariborz Hatam, Aedas
Florian Oett, dwp
Justin Beckermann, The Buchan Group
Obada Adra, Atkins
Robert El Habre, NORR Group

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